Richard Bland confesses to accepting LIV offer for money, offers intriguing example

Bland provided an interesting example, arguing that the criticisms directed at him were unfounded.

by Sead Dedovic
Richard Bland confesses to accepting LIV offer for money, offers intriguing example
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Richard Bland, a well-known name among golf fans for a long time, has become even more famous after winning the US Senior Open, following his earlier victory in another senior PGA event. Many know that Bland is part of LIV Golf and has decided to join the Saudi-backed Tour to earn money. In an interview with Golf Monthly's Dan Parker, he admitted that money was the main motivator behind his decision. Unlike some colleagues, Bland openly stated why he joined this Tour.

"That was purely why I did it. I wasn't trying to pull the wool over anybody's eyes. I was honest and up front of why I joined LIV and it was purely for the money," -Bland said, as quoted by Golf Monthly.

Bland didn't think much about the decision. He knew joining LIV Golf would bring him and his family huge money. The 51-year-old Briton doesn't seem happy with statements from some colleagues who said they want to play on a Tour where they have the opportunity to advance and become part of golf evolution

"I know people have been slated, you know, 'it's growing the game, it's doing this doing that, whatever,' I purely went for one thing and one thing only, and I'm not ashamed to say that.

I had the opportunity to make my life, my family's life and whatever we do as a family a lot more easier. So as I say it was a no brainer."- he continued.

Richard Bland
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Bland clarified that, contrary to what some might believe, LIV Golf did not offer him any financial motivation to join. His decision was based only on the opportunity to play in the league. He emphasized that he had nothing to hide and that his motivation was purely about the chance to compete. 

The decision to join was discussed with his wife and family, and finally, it was an easy choice for him. He did not receive any monetary compensation for joining and held no resentment towards those who signed lucrative deals, stressing that they deserved their earnings.

The Brit acknowledged that he hadn't been at the top of the golf world rankings as long as some of the other players. He had only been in the top 50 for about a year, so he felt it would have been presumptuous to demand $10 million. He contrasted his situation with that of players like Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and Bryson DeChambeau, who had been in the top 10 for nearly a decade. He expressed gratitude that LIV Golf believed in him and gave him the opportunity, and he hoped he had repaid their faith in him through his performance.

Bland provided an interesting example, arguing that the criticisms directed at him were unfounded. The Briton believes that anyone would have acted in the same way if given the chance. The 52-year-old thinks it's easy to talk about morals and decisions when you don't have a bag of money in front of you. He went on to give a great example, suggesting that everyone would go after the money that can ensure a secure future, not just for themselves, but for their family as well.

"I've said a few times a record, if I turned up to somebody's house that was giving me a hard time over it, look if I turn up with a briefcase of say five million dollars in a briefcase and say 'look, this is yours. Now, this will set up your family for the rest of your life, it'll put your kids through private education if you want that. It secures their future, your future, whatever you want to do for the rest of your life. I said but this is where the money has come from. The briefcase would be on the other side of the door within five seconds. It would, because it's there in front of them. When it's not there in front of them it's very, very easy to go 'Oh you shouldn't have done this. You shouldn't have done that' and I get it, that's your opinion, and that's absolutely fine. We all have it."

Richard Bland and his plans

Regarding the future, he intends to play in the LIV Golf series for the next few years and then retire once that period ends. His career has been long, spanning 30 years, and Bland believes there comes a time when you have to say goodbye to golf. He wants to dedicate more time to his family, his wife, and travel as much as possible. 

Although he has visited many countries throughout his career, he never had the opportunity to explore any of them in depth, which is a great wish of his. The 52-year-old has clear plans and hopes that everything will turn out as he envisioned.